Coronavirus Back Story – Why Barbados is NOT Banning Travel from Affected Areas

The Editor

Barbados Underground

Barbados, W.I

Dear Sir/Madam

There was an article in your newspaper of 3 .February 2020 entitled: “Barbados not rushing to ban travellers from China.” The same message was also aired on radio. Mention was made about the statistical likelihood of an outbreak locally being under two percent. There was even mention of the fact that since 1967 there was no real impact on Barbados of the outbreak of contagious diseases. According to the aired news the local authorities were following the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. As the holder of a doctorate in microbiology and some one who has done post doctoral studies in the discipline, I have a few questions, which I want answered in the public interest.

According to the Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). the virus has an incubation period of two weeks. Infected person maybe asymptomatic during the two-week period. It was for this reason the USA instituted a ban on persons who had been exposed for less than two weeks entering its domain. The reason given for doing so was the logistics involved in screening for potential carriers. Let me explain.

Let us assume there is an asymptomatic carrier who has entered the Barbadian domain and is interacting with the locals. After realizing that there is an active carrier in Barbados, it is incumbent on the authorities to track down and screen all persons who have interacted with the carrier. If the carrier has interacted with one hundred persons, each person has to be screened. This only allows for interaction of the carrier with one hundred persons. Allowance also has to be made for the interaction of each member of the one-hundred with other people. As can be envisaged, the number of persons required to screen, dramatically increases to such an extent, that the screening process breaks down. It is for this reason that countries have introduced a ban on persons who come from infected areas. In the case illustrated above where would Barbados get the required trained persons to actively carry out screening?

There has been mention of the fact that Barbados is following the WHO guidelines. Is this the same WHO that was shown to be totally incompetent its handling of Ebola? What about the Haitian cholera outbreak? The latter was under the aegis of the United Nation of which WHO is a part. The best scientists in the field do not work for WHO; they are found in research institutions. The WHO like all other United Nations bodies are constrained by political realities of member states who push political objectives ahead of what the correct scientific should be. As far as I can make out, there seems to be a pecuniary method behind Barbados’s stance on this matter: namely an effort not to affect the tourist industry.

 

Sincerely

 

Robert D. Lucas, PH.D.

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  • re The test kits most likely will utilize enzyme linked immuno assay (ELISA) or a modification using monoclonal antibodies. Straight forward test with the kit.
    IF THIS IS SO WHY ARE THERE NO SUCH KITS ON ISLAND. WE HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ELISA AT QEH SINCE DR WHITE WAS AROUND AS HEAD OF QEH LAB AT THE INCEPTION OF ELISA TESTING?

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  • You mean almost a month and the kits has not arrived
    I find that hard to believe but rather believe govt is stonewalling

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  • “THE VICTIMS OF BEIJING’S MAN-MADE EPIDEMIC ARE BEING CREMATED AS FAST AS THE OVENS CAN BURN” — Steven W. Mosher:

    DR. LI WENLIANG IS DEAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS — AFTER BEING CENSURED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR RAISING THE ALARM.

    https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/wuhan-doctor-coronavirus-2.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1286

    The video out of China’s Hubei province is heartbreaking: A young woman stands outside the doors of a hospital while a body bag is unceremoniously dumped in the back of a hospital van. As the vehicle pulls away into the night, bound for a nearby crematorium, she can be heard crying, “Mama, mama.” She takes a few halting steps after the vehicle before breaking down in tears.

    “I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye,” she sobs. “They wouldn’t even tell me what killed my mother. But we all know that it was the coronavirus.”

    The publicly reported number of deaths is horrific enough — as of Friday night the toll had risen to 722 — but the evidence suggests that the actual number of victims is far, far higher.

    How many people in China have fallen victim to the coronavirus to date? One hint comes from how busy Wuhan’s 14 crematoriums have suddenly become.

    One crematorium manager told a Hong Kong reporter that, in normal times, his 24 ovens were lit five days a week for four hours at a time. Now, he said, they have so many corpses to deal with that all the ovens are going around the clock. This suggests the body count must be in the thousands.

    A worker disinfects a doctor with alcohol before leaving a hotel accommodating isolated people in Wuhan…

    https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/28965995.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1286

    With the epidemic spreading throughout China, the Ministry of Public Security, which controls all of the police departments in the country, has swung into action. A Feb. 28 directive ordered all police throughout the country to make “wartime preparations.”

    The police are to “maintain social stability” by “severely” punishing any public or online reporting about the spread of the epidemic. They are also to help “control the disease” by enforcing quarantine orders and helping to speed the distribution of medical supplies.

    In other words, China’s leaders know they have a national emergency on their hands but, for political reasons, are still trying to control the narrative by downplaying the seriousness of the epidemic. The Communist Party’s penchant for secrecy drives it to punish those who report honestly and accurately about this unfolding disaster. Even though honest and accurate reporting would save lives.

    This week, Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, died from the coronavirus after trying to spread word of the disease weeks before China would admit it was a serious threat. When Wenliang first warned his medical school classmates on Dec. 30 about the outbreak, police detained him for “rumor-mongering” and his posts were censored.

    Instead of transparency, party leaders at all levels engage in multiple deceptions. They attribute many deaths to other causes, like simple pneumonia, and then cremate the bodies before an autopsy can be performed. They limit the number of coronavirus test kits that hospitals are given each day, thus reducing the number of “proven cases” that can be diagnosed. They deliberately underreport the number of deaths, while keeping the crematoria furnaces going day and night to destroy the evidence of their deceit.

    Now the scope of the disaster is coming through even in official pronouncements. On Jan. 28, for example, the Hubei authorities announced that they were offering “free cremation for the corpses of coronavirus victims. Vehicles, staff, and protective gear are being dispatched to each funeral home [in Wuhan] to improve the capacity of transporting and dealing with the corpses.”

    If this sounds like there are an awful lot of corpses to “deal with,” that’s because there are. Why else would the authorities have forbidden funerals and mandated immediate cremation — if not to prevent the dead bodies from piling up?

    THERE IS SOME SUGGESTION THAT, LIKE THE DEADLY SARS VIRUS OF 2004, THE NEW CORONAVIRUS ESCAPED FROM A RESEARCH LAB IN CHINA. BUT WHETHER THE VIRUS ITSELF IS THE RESULT OF EVIL OR INCOMPETENCE, THE EPIDEMIC ITSELF IS A CREATION OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY.

    Had party leaders not delayed taking action for weeks after the first coronavirus infections appeared and had they been transparent about the danger it posed to the Chinese people, the epidemic would likely already be under control.

    INSTEAD, THE VICTIMS OF BEIJING’S MAN-MADE EPIDEMIC ARE BEING CREMATED AS FAST AS THE OVENS CAN BURN.

    WITHOUT EVEN A CHANCE FOR THEIR RELATIVES TO SAY GOODBYE.

    https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/28943960.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1286

    Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of “Bully of Asia: Why China’s ‘Dream’ is the New Threat to World Order.”

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  • Can we say incompetence, or carelessness is to blame? Or are we world class and punch above our weight?

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  • If these people are still quarantined at Paragon it might be a possibility that they have shown early signs detection
    If by now they haven’t then it means they would have been released amongst the general population
    Either way these are pertinent questions which needs to be answered by govt / officials

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  • @Dame Bajans

    This is the case.

    What is also shows is that nobody can categorically state the virus is on island as some have claimed on the blog.

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    Is it correct to say the test kits were only made available for worldwide distribution last week?

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  • re Is it correct to say the test kits were only made available for worldwide distribution last week?

    what does it matter if as Lucas says that ‘” The test kits most likely will utilize enzyme linked immuno assay (ELISA) or a modification using monoclonal antibodies. Straight forward test with the kit.”

    IF THIS IS SO WHY ARE THERE NO SUCH KITS ON ISLAND. WE HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ELISA AT QEH SINCE DR WHITE WAS AROUND AS HEAD OF QEH LAB AT THE INCEPTION OF ELISA TESTING?

    is there no ability to do ELISA TESTING OR PCR in Barbados?

    DO POSTERS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS POSTED ABOVE BEFORE THEY ASK QUESTIONS

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  • The following seems to be a useful like.

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  • CORONAVIRUS TESTING CAPACITY COMING
    Tue, 02/04/2020 – 7:38am
    Within the next two weeks, Barbados will have the capacity to test for the presence of the 2019 novel Coronavirus.

    Stating this assurance had been given by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George highlighted this was important as no other Caribbean island had this capability.

    “CARPHA at the moment cannot test for the virus and we have personally intervened with PAHO to make sure that this is fast-tracked. We will be the first island in the region doing this. We are trying our level best to let persons know that we have put a plan in place and there is always need for a review of the plan and improvement of the plan,” he said.

    George pointed out that as the island was in the midst of an economic recovery programme, funds were not readily available.

    “We had issues with getting the quarantine stations up and have taken an active approach as to how we are going to solve this,” he said.

    Speaking on Sunday night’s episode of The People’s Business, he explained while there were quarantine stations at the ports of entry, these were only equipped to handle four to six persons and not for the 14-day incubation period of the coronavirus.

    “We are in the process of scaling these up. Those quarantine stations were never intended to keep persons quarantined for 14 days to three weeks. Those were simply transfer holding areas. That is not the solution for this particular virus. However, we intend to pursue that. There are quarantine stations at both the seaport and airport. The airport one needs some infrastructural work done,” he added.

    The Ministry of Health’s Port Health Specialist, Stephen Harte said one of the major issues encountered with the facility at the airport was that since it was not used on a regular basis, deterioration had set in.

    “So we have been having discussions with GAIA Inc. in terms of having a a mobile hospital that can do the triage and assist with the public health emergencies that may occur and they were looking at sourcing the tent that could be used for that. At the seaport, Barbados Port Inc. has been working to get that back up and running, but at the seaportm passengers who are sick are actually isolated in their cabins or the medical facility on board the ship,” he noted.

    Barbados Advocate

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  • Sobering revelations by the chief Medical officer
    Which once again begs the question
    Are those persons who have been quarantined shown any flu like symptoms
    Also if so where are being hospitalised
    If not have they been released amongst the general public
    It is over a month that these people have been quarantined and forthright and truthful information should have been given about them by now
    Alarming that the media is so locked unto a position of protectionism aiding govt measures that media seems to forgotten that as the fourth estate there allegiance is first and foremost for the people
    This will all end in tears

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  • The fact is, if people are indeed quarantined because they were showing the recognized symptoms, then the government did the right thing to remove them from the general population for the safety of people like Mariposa and my relatives still living down there.

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  • ABSOLUTELY CORRECT DAME P
    HOW ARE YOU?
    HOW YOU KEEPING SWEET……..NOT THE SUGAR THOUGH

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  • Dr. GP.

    I am doing fine. Not too sweet. The same reading for 6 years. I have some other sweetness though. I am doing a “Whitehill”. He is so nice and gentlemanly…….51 years old. No, no, no. I am no cougar, just a lioness. I am enjoying it while it lasts. What do you think of premarin? My Dr.(female) prescribed it.

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  • RE I am doing fine. Not too sweet. The same reading for 6 years.THATS GREAT!

    PREMARIN IS OK THEY CALL IT HORMONE REPLACEMENT
    BUT IF NOTHING IS BROKEN YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO
    BUT SOME HORMONES SHOULD NOT HARM
    I KNOW YOU ARE INTO YOUR NATURAL DHEA (:SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS)
    VERY BEST WISHES

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  • Not at all arguing that if they are people with symptoms that they should not be quarantined
    Just stating that people should be told all information.
    So far i have read of countries that have released information stating all facts and i haven’t read of panic in the streets

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  • @February 10, 2020 3:30 PM “I KNOW YOU ARE INTO YOUR NATURAL DHEA (:SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS)”

    Oh dear, I have been eating plenty sweet potatoes and yams since childhood. We were too poor to buy rice, macaroni cornmeal, etc. so we ate yams from january to August and sweet potatoes thereafter.

    i hope that I have not been doing myself any harm.

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  • Mariposa, just think for a minute. One minute only. Can you imagine the PANIC in Barbados if the government announced that they suspected cases of the virus was there and they had no proof? It is better to err on the side of precaution.

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  • Doan mind Mariposa, an unrepentant DLP yardie.

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  • @ David February 10, 2020 1:21 PM
    Would seem so. The virus particle would have to be purified and inoculated into eggs for example. The particles harvested using high speed centrifugation or ultra-filtration and injected into animals to grow the antibodies,/serum from some one who survived. Would take some time to get the antibodies in sufficient quantities.

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  • Fool the necessary information should not only be given to barbadians but people making plans to visit the country
    How would u like for a family member to visit and then is infected with the virus all because barbados govt refused to release all or any information
    It seems most here are only having a selfish political view of the issue which is dominated by the tourist dollar
    Fuh Christ sake the chief Medical officer information is shocking having statements that should make anyone shudder

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    Thanks

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  • @Mariposa February 10, 2020 5:54 PM “Fool the necessary information should not only be given to barbadians but people making plans to visit the country How would u like for a family member to visit and then is infected with the virus.”

    One of my close family members went to work every day a few weeks ago at Sunnybrook where a corona case was treated. and discharged.

    Ya din see me here weepin’ and wailin’ and knashin’ my teeth.

    A few family members work in health care in Barbados(3), the U.K(1), the U.S. (1), and Canada (1), physicians, nurses, lab technicians, administrators.

    Disciplined hard working people. They don’t run around like headless chickens.

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  • SS
    @February 10, 2020 3:30 PM “I KNOW YOU ARE INTO YOUR NATURAL DHEA (:SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS)”

    Oh dear, I have been eating plenty sweet potatoes and yams since childhood. We were too poor to buy rice, macaroni cornmeal, etc. so we ate yams from january to August and sweet potatoes thereafter.

    i hope that I have not been doing myself any harm.

    ON THE CONTRARY……….NO HARM AT ALL
    ONE OF THE REASONS YOU ARE IN TOP SHAPE AND SO SWEET AND SEXY
    KEEP GOING

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  • I am trying. Still I have gained 13 pounds in the past 37 years.

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  • Correction: We grew our own corn, and had it ground at Hill on Roebuck Street. Then we had cou-cou, corn pap corn bakes, corn pone, corn dumplings etc.

    We don’t grow corn any more. The monkeys too love corn.

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  • Dont have kits
    Don’t have sufficient housing space to quaratine people suspected of having the virus but have an open door policy to let Chinese in the country
    And people hear saying govt is doing what is right
    Really

    Worth Repeating

    Dont have kits
    Don’t have sufficient housing space to quaratine people suspected of having the virus but have an open door policy to let Chinese in the country
    And people hear saying govt is doing what is right
    Really

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  • On another note

    Minster Hinkson told those people living in and around the surrounding areas of the Mangrove landfill he wish them well
    Sorry about the inconvenience
    Thank them for their cooperation
    But he is seeking a solution for the 8.000 tires that are at the land fill
    I wish he had told them that the Fees and other taxes they pay as environmental fees would be discontinued until govt found a solution
    Hell No but what the heck
    Them suffering Not him

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  • We could reduce the 8,000 dumped tyrea a month by having a truly great public transport system. But what did your DLP do, reduce the Transport Board fleet from 150 to 50 buses, and now everybody feels that they must have a car (except me of course) with no thought as to what will happen to the tyres.

    Why did they let the public transport system fail?

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  • A call for good ethical journalism is necessary in barbados
    Over the past two months journalist has held fast to a closed mouth measure implemented by govt on the Corona virus
    Since citizens advocacy ( including yours truly) has placed govt feet to the fire
    I gives me great pleasure to say govt has become more opened with information that is necessary and important both to tourist and citizens
    It is amazing how arse kissers and Jac…arsses lead by Silly woman would be so comfortable and appreciative of govt closed mouth measures on this issue
    Citizen advocacy has done an excellent job as others would see that in the past 24hrs their has been an ever presence of the flow of valuable information coming govt in local media outlets on the virus which included the wherabouts of people who were quarantined
    Minister Bostic has finally given some more perspective as to questions which were being asked by citizens
    As far as i know barbadians are educated and can handle whatever is thrown in their direction good or bad
    I for one would not expect riots in the street from the truthfulness of information given but a more heightened realization of preparedness by any means necessary by citizens

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  • Silly Woman,why did you have to remind me. I used to bring the corn in a pillow case in the morning. Drop it off at Hill and pick it up in the evening. I thank the creator the Bathsheba bus passed Roebuck street and I did not have to walk to Fairchild Street with that pillow case on my head, in my school uniform.

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  • Oh my goodness Dame. I thought that my mother was the only one who took the corn to the mill in pillow case. lol

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  • @Mariposa February 10, 2020 9:17 PM “As far as i know barbadians are educated and can handle whatever is thrown in their direction good or bad.”

    Exactly.

    But weren’t you the one who spent the past many days talking about panic?

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  • Henny Penny still at it, I see.

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  • HARAYYYY FOR MARI
    For holding government to the fire and making them bend and give up the information.
    now all the worriers panicers in the island can sleep a little better with their masks one . HARAYYYYYYY

    BU saving somebody life and it isn’t coronavirus victim.

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  • John A
    VC
    NO
    WS
    HA
    Bm
    John2s
    Silence. Problem solved?

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  • SS
    @February 10, 2020 3:30 PM “I KNOW YOU ARE INTO YOUR NATURAL DHEA (:SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS)”

    Oh dear, I have been eating plenty sweet potatoes and yams since childhood. We were too poor to buy rice, macaroni cornmeal, etc. so we ate yams from january to August and sweet potatoes thereafter.

    i hope that I have not been doing myself any harm.

    OUR BODIES STOP MAKING THIS GOOD STUFF DHEA ABOUT AGE 21-22
    BUT IT IS THOUGHT TO BE FOUND IN YAMS AND SWEET POTATOES
    CANT REMEMBER WHAT ITS GOOD FOR BUT IT IS GOOD

    READ ABOUT IT IN A COURSE ON BOTANICAL MEDICINE ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO

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  • Oh. I woke up this morning having a feeling of relief knowing that govt took a moral step of releasing truthful and meaningful information a correct path in further avoidance of misinformation flowing into the public domain
    Also realizing that people upon receiving the information released by govt officials have not rioted in the streets
    Knowing that barbadians would continue to proceed cautiously and take all necessary steps for protection in areas where govt have not
    So to the Silly clowns who think barbadians are illiterate to the point of ignorance to u mariposa say
    Speak only for your self idiots

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  • And what is the truthful information? Did they confirm any instances of the virus on the island???? Did Henny Penny prove herself correct on any score??? Did protocol change? Are they now banning travellers from affected areas?

    Here is what they said – we are not as ready as we would like to be but we are working on it.

    And we need people to stop disseminating misinformation. It breeds panic. Panic can be more deadly than the disease itself.

    And YOU, Henny Penny, were the chief culprit! And ALL for political reasons.

    You are so transparent. Who do you think you are fooling??????

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  • So until the two weeks for arrival of the kits what happens to people who has entered the island afterwards then show symptoms
    What measures are there put in place to have medical practitioners to alert health officials of patients they have attended / to be knowingly carries of the virus

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  • We have the kits, keep up. Government requested a supplementary of 700k today to fund an expanded area to facilitate quarantine of NEW suspected cases.

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  • Good job. But why so many if govt said they were no cases on the island
    However i take note from your comment that they are “new” suspected cases.
    Or is this new suspected and transparent way of govt telling half truths
    Be that as it may some truthfulness is better than none albeit it might be sugar coated

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  • David by all means Mariposa should keep the noise level high on the Corona virus issue and should not behave or act like u and mainstream media to stiffle and hold back all relevant informant from the public
    Mariposa voice might have been the lone voice asking govt for information
    But it only takes a ripple to make a wave

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  • How can the government confirm if there are caronavirus cases on the island? What they did was to house quarantine and observe people who based on travel itinerary to affected countries out of an abundance of caution. Is tour head so hard you cannot understand?

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  • Again i asked if govt is doing all out of abundance of caution why has govt ordered in excess of 700k kits
    The word caution can imply many things

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  • Mariposa,that 700k is NOT kits, but supplementary financing. It is $700,000. Why would Barbados with such a small population want 700,000 kits?You really dont understand what you read.

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  • Apparently according to the news at least nineteen persons were quarantined or some such thing. Tends to suggest lack of transparency. Monitored forty-six persons now down to nineteen over the last couple of weeks. What a pack of asses trying to hoodwink the populace.. Now making mandatory the two-week quarantine period.

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  • Anybody dead yet?

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  • Dame bajan
    Stand corrected

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  • My mistake does not override how govt took a close mouth approach to issuing relevant information
    Now at the eleventh hour trying to play catchup giving halftruths and looking like a clueless govt
    Truth never sours no matter how one tries to distant themselves from the truth

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  • But was there not talk stated by govt officials that because of the austerity plan
    Govt did not have the finances to purchase the kits
    So where in a week did govt find the 700k

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  • Why don’t you come up for air and breathe?

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  • Wouldn’t make any difference. The oxygen never gets to her brain.

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  • David dont worry about the air i breathe or if i need air
    At this point and time in barbados there are many barbadians being suffocated by the pollutants coming from the fiery still smoking land fill
    That is where you interest should lay if you are truly interested in the health and well being of barbados.
    Tires burning and not a word out of your mouth another component which serves to compromised the health of barbadians
    As i said that if that landfill was annoying the tourist industry there would have been a solution
    Needless to say the difference between the people living in the area of the land fill and tourist industry situated around the South Coast where the sewage was in the street is vast and wide

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  • And to you Donna my comments serve to keep you busy
    No

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  • Mari
    Where the 700k coming from? Now wasn’t the government clear, plain and transparent and tell you that only your tax going up soon soon soon? Now you cant complain. it for the best interested of the public health and to ease fear. remember that this wasn’t around before so it was not in the last budget. ha

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  • Yes. You and Grenville. I have the tendency to want to flush crap down the toilet. It is a good thing to do. No?

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  • Well thanks and no thanks
    From my vantage point Mia has an oversized ministry plus White Oaks from whence she can trim some of the fat to help buy the kits
    Why must the bill be always thrown in the hard working barbadian lap.

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  • Donna l don’t give a rats a rse what u think
    However glad to keep u busy

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  • Apparently i made enough noise along with others to force govt to have an open dialogue to give forth right information to the people on the Corona virus
    Sad but true many bird brain butt licking govt supporters with plenty time on their hands seems to be angry
    But as mariposa tells them to stay in their own lane and do their own thing cause mariposa does not give a rat botsy about what they think
    Cheers to all yuh wunna talking heads
    Mariposa still standing

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  • you better sleep and walk bout with your mask on. this lying government maybe keeping the real truth from the public.
    it might be out there waiting for your a rse.

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  • the 700k kits to test all the Chinese visitors so we wont have turn them away. you know- we need them greenbacks from in their pockets

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  • Too late many of them already breathing around us
    Mia told them to come in
    The kits would be of very little use if some or all of them came in with the virus
    Also govt said they were relying on past itinerary from passengers who came out of countries where infection had occured
    However it has been stated that signs of symptoms may vary in people and not necessarily within the same time periods

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  • The World Health Orgaization (WHO) has named this corona virus: COVID-19

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  • Question being asked by pharmaceutical practitioners in barbados
    If govt have a supply of masked if in case an urgent need to be worn by populace
    Pharmaceutical practitioners are stating that so far the demand has outweighed the supply from the country( China) where the masked are most purchased
    Once again barbados might be caught having to catch a horse which might have long bolted

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  • https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/243867/nineteen-watch

    Seems the authorities are doing their job.

    Anybody dead yet?

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  • A repreeentave from PAHO is reported to be on the island to do training of frontline persons to be able to screen identify suspected cases. Also train lab technicians to test for the virus.

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  • Good .but the 27 that were said to have been released
    Why hasnt govt released the cause for them being quarantined
    Since there were not tested how was it possible for govt to know if the 27 had any strain of the virus in their blood
    Any how this is bubadus where once the horse is bolted it is anybody guess if it would be harnessed

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  • MARI
    PUT ON YOU MASK AND GO AND SLEEP.
    YOU LIKE YOU CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ.
    IT WAS STATED WHY THEY WERE QUARINTINED

    I in the USA and I read it on BT and you there spreading fear and missed it? cheeze on bread…yuh head too hard.

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  • John2
    U lived where the media digs long deep and hard
    The media in barbados takes whatever the govt says as gospel
    Between US media and barbados media like mixing apples and orange
    There is no comparison
    I asked why did govt not state or released what problematic causes where there for these people to be quaratined
    Also if they were given a clear medical clerance certification by the chief medical officer after thorough examination
    You decide to jump out of bed to bawl about what u read in BT a fishy smelly corrupt political rag
    Man next time u think of quoting BT go do yuh dishes

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  • so you claming that BT claim of what the health minister said is all lies?
    BT lie / the minister lie.

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  • By the way I live in Barbados. My wife kids and home is in Barbados.

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  • I make no such claims but bt can not be certified as moral.and ethical pursuant to journalism standards rules and regulations
    I know first hand and also have been stated that any comments that tend to gove govt hard knocks are not published by barbados today
    All i am saying uf it walks like a duck quacks like a duck the obvious is realized

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  • What was published / what I read on BT was the same info provided by the advocate and the nation’
    So how you can know that “we didn’t have kits and sufficient housing” but you conveniently didn’t see that the information as to why the people we quarantined was given.

    Yuh blinded or yuh cant read? BLINDED!

    NOW GO AND SLEEP!

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  • U can’t hear what i said put on a hearing aid if u cant read or see what i stated put on yuh glasses
    Cause yuh said u read the article from BT
    Now want to change the focus to the other local newspapers
    Truthfully have no interest in none
    Hope yuh understan what i said
    Now go bag yuh head and scroll by Mari comments or else yuh gonna go crazy

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  • YES I READ IT ON BT after u claim bt lying I checked it on the others. the liar is YOU.

    no matter where it was published, fact remains that the info was made public days ago.

    the government doing it best to be prepared, Are you?

    What actions have you taken to be prepared?

    do you even have 14 days supply of food and water on the ready incase u have to be quarantined ?
    or do u think it cannot get to you?
    I bet you expect the government to house feed and look after you.

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  • Fool.i never said i read any thing in any of the bdos newspaper
    I simply pointed out that Bt ethical standards are low and hence i do not trust their reporting
    You calling me a liar points directly in your direction
    Maybe u ought to take off your mask

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  • US health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

    Washington (AFP) – A number of test kits sent out by US health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official said Wednesday.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began shipping 200 test kids nationwide on February 5 to speed up the diagnosis of US cases of COVID-19, which currently number 13.

    But the labs reported that while performing a verification procedure they realized the kits were returning inconclusive results, meaning neither positive nor negative, said senior CDC official Nancy Messonnier.

    “We think that the issue at the stage, can be explained by one reagent that isn’t performing as it should, consistently,” she said, referring to one the substances used in the kit. “And that’s why we are remanufacturing that reagent.”

    For now, the testing of all patient specimens will continue to be carried out at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The US is shipping the test kit to 36 countries that have placed orders, and each kit can be used approximately 700 to 800 times.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-health-authority-shipped-faulty-coronavirus-test-kits-205948746.html

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  • DONKEY BUTT HOLE

    you don’t have to say where you read it!

    your pea brains don’t remember the article you published.
    but you wanta pull down BT for reporting from the same meeting .

    Mariposa
    February 10, 2020 1:50 PM

    CORONAVIRUS TESTING CAPACITY COMING
    Tue, 02/04/2020 – 7:38am
    Within the next two weeks, Barbados will have the capacity to test for the presence of the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
    Stating this assurance had been given by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George highlighted this was important as no other Caribbean island had this capability.
    “CARPHA at the moment cannot test for the virus and we have personally intervened with PAHO to make sure that this is fast-tracked. We will be the first island in the region doing this. We are trying our level best to let persons know that we have put a plan in place and there is always need for a review of the plan and improvement of the plan,” he said.
    George pointed out that as the island was in the midst of an economic recovery programme, funds were not readily available.
    “We had issues with getting the quarantine stations up and have taken an active approach as to how we are going to solve this,” he said.
    Speaking on Sunday night’s episode of The People’s Business, he explained while there were quarantine stations at the ports of entry, these were only equipped to handle four to six persons and not for the 14-day incubation period of the coronavirus.
    “We are in the process of scaling these up. Those quarantine stations were never intended to keep persons quarantined for 14 days to three weeks. Those were simply transfer holding areas. That is not the solution for this particular virus. However, we intend to pursue that. There are quarantine stations at both the seaport and airport. The airport one needs some infrastructural work done,” he added.
    The Ministry of Health’s Port Health Specialist, Stephen Harte said one of the major issues encountered with the facility at the airport was that since it was not used on a regular basis, deterioration had set in.
    “So we have been having discussions with GAIA Inc. in terms of having a a mobile hospital that can do the triage and assist with the public health emergencies that may occur and they were looking at sourcing the tent that could be used for that. At the seaport, Barbados Port Inc. has been working to get that back up and running, but at the seaportm passengers who are sick are actually isolated in their cabins or the medical facility on board the ship,” he noted.
    Barbados Advocate

    WHAT DOES THE LAST LINE SAY?
    ONLY AN DONKEY BUTT HOLE/ PEA BRAIN LIAR WOULD PUBLISH AN ARTICLE SHE DIDNT READ!

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  • What is striking and remarkable that during the time govt officials were saying there were no cases of people infected with the virus on the island
    Govt had no kits whereby to test the people that were quarantined
    Also remarkable was that some of these people were released without being tested
    When all the truth about the way govt has responded is told
    Those who were said to be agents of scaremongering will be exonerated
    Truth never dies

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  • Clearly u dont understand that u said and it was u who quoted the Barbados today article which i said i did not read
    So what are u trying to prove by posting an article which i had posted from the Barbados Advocate
    No the Butt along with the hole is yours
    Sadly the head as in But head is missing
    Maybe that is why you are confused
    Now go feed the dog

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  • hahahaha…you cant call Mariposa an ass’s ass. She is not that bad, just wearing the blinkers.

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  • COPY AND PASTE WHEN YOU SAID U DIDNT READ BT!

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  • Dame is was trying to be nice. also you left out the “hole”

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  • So i was attacked for saying i do not belive all being said in the barbados media about the Corona virus
    The issue in my mind stems around Truth
    All else doesn’t matter if what is said how it was said and who said what
    I Mariposa would continue to comment or post my views in accordance with seeking the truth
    Dont care less how others perceived or interpret my opinions
    This virus is too serious an issue to take for granted that close mouth information is the best way forward
    Needless to say that small bits and pieces of information has only been given to the people after an advocacy to find truth was place in the public domain

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  • pea brain

    who attacked you?

    published where u said u didn’t read BT

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  • Health authorities in Barbados are currently monitoring 13 people who are quarantined in their homes after arriving from regions impacted by the novel coronavirus.
    Statistics provided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness indicate that 44 people entering Barbados have been screened since the outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory illness in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China last December. (Quote)

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  • John 2 my brain might be the size of a pea
    But i can bet you that i command a living wage more than double the size of the peanuts you earned or have earned
    Plus my financial status would and does not allow me to be a beggar at any one doorstep

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  • Nobody on the blog can verify squat on the blog so what is the point?

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  • David did i mash your corns if so i make no apology
    How many times must i tell u to stay in your lane

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  • Pea Brain

    A lot you know bout me

    let us put it to the bet?

    I have never borrow a cent from an individual.
    who door step you accusing me of begging at now?

    I still waiting for you to publish when you said you didn’t read BT

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  • MariposaFebruary 13, 2020 7:36 PM

    John 2 my brain might be the size of a pea
    But i can bet you that i command a living wage more than double the size of the peanuts you earned or have earned
    Plus my financial status would and does not allow me to be a beggar at any one doorstep

    It seems u have a problem with intrepretation

    The above comments were clarifications to you comments
    Feb 13 2020 ..10.52 am

    Funny enough your response in a defensive manner bodes well to say that yout reply might have open your Pandora box which u might prefer to keep close
    No i was not prying into your life but apparently you have
    crack enough of an opening which makes for asking the question why and why the defense
    After all i was not attacking you just letting it known to u i was financially sufficient secure albeit i have a pea brain

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  • I told you lets put it to the bet

    I may have a problem with interpretation but I am not a fool
    in one paragraph u telling me u make more than my pennies
    then in the following u talking about not begging at anyone door

    I don’t know how much u make or made but I am will to bet that the money I am making today u have never made at any point in your life (wages or salary)

    that may have been so when I was younger but I will bet I it is so today.

    bet on!
    but david is correct

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  • @John2

    You have made your point. This protracted exchange with ac is unproductive. The hignorance of some knoweth no bounds.

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  • John u seem to have forgotten that u told me in one of your comments that my expectation was for govt to housed and feed me in time of crisis
    Hence my latter comment targeted that comment which u had told me
    As i said u have a problem with intrepretation

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  • PEA BRAIN

    Go back and read what I wrote in it entirety!

    I did not say if you expect the government to feed you because of you financial situation.

    I ask you if you had at least 14 days of food INCASE YOU WERE QUARITINED !!!

    Obviously (oops , of course not obvious to a pea brain) if I aask u about your preparation and I ask u about having a supply of 14day food , I am refering to if you are quaritined in you own house – where u cannot go out shopping and no one can bring stuff to you.

    I never for once thought about your financial status farless care bout it!
    Niether would I put down or even try to put down another because of their financial status.
    I ate bakes and saltfish and drink lemon/cool aid like most bajans my age – that’s saying I was dirt poor when I was growing also , so n o need for me to go pulling down someone who is poorer than I am now.

    Shame on you

    Real pee brain/ donkey but fuh true!

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  • John 2 your exact words and the entire comment

    john2February 12, 2020 9:07 PM

    YES I READ IT ON BT after u claim bt lying I checked it on the others. the liar is YOU.

    no matter where it was published, fact remains that the info was made public days ago.

    the government doing it best to be prepared, Are you?

    What actions have you taken to be prepared?

    do you even have 14 days supply of food and water on the ready incase u have to be quarantined ?
    or do u think it cannot get to you?
    I bet you expect the government to house feed and look after you

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